We’re in the thick of the radio-friendly song times, and every single day I have two or three or four really good choices to post. Today’s runners up include a soulful Sharon Jones track, a tune from DC’s own Bob Mould and a Harry Belafonte song you may remember from Betelgeuse. Instead, I’m going with a highlight from Air’s seminal 1998 chill-out album, Moon Safari.
I think that one of the greatest compliments that I can pay to Moon Safari is to say that from the day I picked it up one one of my binge trips Amoeba Music, it almost instantly became, and for a very long time remained, one of my ten “desert island discs” – the ten albums you would take with you if they were the only ten you would have while stranded on the magical desert island with a music-playing apparatus, power for said device and some reason to think it would have any durability in the harsh desert island climate. I haven’t pondered that question in a long time, but I would have to at least give Moon Safari some consideration if I did. You should know it well too. It’s certainly one of the best and most influential albums to come out in the second half of the 90’s.
Oh, and here’s the video for “Kelly Watch the Stars”. You’ll notice that not only does the score inconsistently change from shot to shot, but the song title’s punctuation is also different from that as it is labeled on the album.